Syrian tanks are reported to be shelling Homs, one of the country’s biggest cities. Loud explosions were heard in the residential neighbourhood of Bab Amro.
Syrian security forces are continuing their crackdown on anti-government protests. It’s thought hundreds of people have been killed and thousands arrested after protests which began in Deraa in March.
The Syrian government says it is pursuing armed gangs of terrorists while a state news agency has reported that two soldiers have been killed in clashes in Homs and Deraa.
But demonstrations continue to break out, despite the heavy security clampdown. Amateur video appears to show a candlelit march through the streets of Qamishli, although with journalists barred from entering Syria it is difficult to verify the authenticity of the footage. The pictures show protesters, said to be part of a Kurdish youth movement, carrying placards bearing slogans of solidarity for other protests around the country.
Meanwhile, diplomats say Syria has dropped plans to apply for a seat on the UN Human Rights Council as a result of international pressure following the crackdown.